Gary Numan ‎– The Pleasure Principle

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Tracklist

Airlane 3:18
Metal 3:33
Complex 3:14
Films 4:09
M.E. 5:37
Tracks 2:52
Observer 2:53
Conversation 7:38
Cars 3:53
Engineers 4:00

Versions (83)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BEGA 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Beggars Banquet BEGA 10 UK 1979 Sell This Version
218784 Gary Numan El Principio De Placer(Cass, Album) WEA International Inc. 218784 Argentina 1979 Sell This Version
208784 Gary Numan El Principio De Placer(LP, Album) WEA International Inc. 208784 Argentina 1979 Sell This Version
208784, Bega 10 Gary Numan El Principio De Placer(LP, Album, Promo) WEA, WEA 208784, Bega 10 Argentina 1979 Sell This Version
TP 38-120 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(8-Trk, Album) ATCO Records TP 38-120 US 1979 Sell This Version
BEGC 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album) Beggars Banquet BEGC 10 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
INT 446.522 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album) Beggars Banquet INT 446.522 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
BEGC 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album, Bla) Beggars Banquet BEGC 10 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
BEGC 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album, Bla) Beggars Banquet BEGC 10 UK 1979 Sell This Version
BEGC 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album, Blu) Beggars Banquet BEGC 10 UK 1979 Sell This Version
39 592-1 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album, Club) Beggars Banquet 39 592-1 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
BEGC-10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album, Dol) Beggars Banquet BEGC-10 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
BEGC 10, BEG C10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album, Red) Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet BEGC 10, BEG C10 UK 1979 Sell This Version
CS 38-120 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album, SR,) ATCO Records CS 38-120 US 1979 Sell This Version
P-2861 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Pyramid (7) P-2861 Saudi Arabia 1979 Sell This Version
CS 38-120 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album, Win) ATCO Records CS 38-120 US 1979 Sell This Version
SD 38-120 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) ATCO Records SD 38-120 US 1979 Sell This Version
P-10755A, Bega 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Atlantic, Beggars Banquet P-10755A, Bega 10 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
660.049 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Beggars Banquet 660.049 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
BEGA 10, K 50646 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet BEGA 10, K 50646 UK 1979 Sell This Version
S 90.195 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) WEA S 90.195 Spain 1979 Sell This Version
SD 38-120 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) ATCO Records, Beggars Banquet SD 38-120 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
50646 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) WEA 50646 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
660.049 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Beggars Banquet 660.049 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
Ban 50646 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Wea International Ban 50646 Israel 1979 Sell This Version
WBC 1448 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Warner Bros. Records WBC 1448 South Africa 1979 Sell This Version
BEGA 10, K 50646 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet BEGA 10, K 50646 UK 1979 Sell This Version
ATL 50 646 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Atlantic ATL 50 646 France 1979 Sell This Version
600049 , 600049 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Atlantic, WEA, Beggars Banquet 600049 , 600049 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
60049 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Beggars Banquet 60049 New Zealand 1979 Sell This Version
BEGA 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Beggars Banquet BEGA 10 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
INT 146.522 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Beggars Banquet INT 146.522 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
BEGA 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Beggars Banquet BEGA 10 Ireland 1979 Sell This Version
ATL 50 646 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Atlantic ATL 50 646 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
304816, 30481-6 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, Clu) Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet 304816, 30481-6 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
BEGA 10, K 50646 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, Fre) Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet BEGA 10, K 50646 UK 1979 Sell This Version
SD 38-120 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, MO) ATCO Records SD 38-120 US 1979 Sell This Version
P-10755A, Bega 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, Promo) Atlantic, Beggars Banquet P-10755A, Bega 10 Japan 1979 Sell This Version
P-10755A Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, Promo) Atlantic P-10755A Japan 1979 Sell This Version
SD 38-120 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, SP) ATCO Records, Beggars Banquet SD 38-120 US 1979 Sell This Version
BEGA 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, W/Lbl) Beggars Banquet BEGA 10 UK 1979 Sell This Version
K 450646 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass) Atlantic K 450646 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
S-1161A Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Foot Print S-1161A Malaysia 1980 Sell This Version
K 50646 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Atlantic K 50646 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
OLW-101, BEGA 10, SD-38 120 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet OLW-101, BEGA 10, SD-38 120 South Korea 1980 Sell This Version
38.035 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) WEA 38.035 Brazil 1980 Sell This Version
23(0531)00171 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Atlantic 23(0531)00171 Colombia 1980 Sell This Version
BBLC 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album, RE, Tra) Beggars Banquet BBLC 10 UK 1988 Sell This Version
BBLC 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album, RE, Whi) Beggars Banquet BBLC 10 UK 1988 Sell This Version
BBL 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, RE) Beggars Banquet BBL 10 UK 1988 Sell This Version
TKCB-71195 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(CD, Album, RE) Beggars Banquet TKCB-71195 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
BBL 10 CD Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(CD, Album, RE, RM) Beggars Banquet BBL 10 CD US 1998 Sell This Version
BBL 10 CD Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(CD, Album, RE, RM, Lyn) Beggars Banquet BBL 10 CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
BBL 10 CD Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(CD, Album, RE, RM, Nim) Beggars Banquet BBL 10 CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
BBL 10 CD Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(CD, Album, RE, RM, Son) Beggars Banquet BBL 10 CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
NNCD 240303010 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(CDr, Album, RM, Unofficial) 24 Bit Remasters NNCD 240303010 Russia 2001 Sell This Version
TECI-24260 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(CD, Album, Promo, RE, RM) Imperial Records (13), Beggars Banquet TECI-24260 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
TECI-24260 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(CD, Album, RE, RM) Imperial Records (13), Beggars Banquet TECI-24260 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
WPCB-20026 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(CD, Album, Promo, RE, RM) Beggars Banquet WPCB-20026 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
WPCB-20026 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(CD, Album, RE, RM) Beggars Banquet WPCB-20026 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
VIN180LP002 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RM, 180) Beggars Banquet, Vinyl 180 VIN180LP002 UK 2008 Sell This Version
BBQCD 2063, BBQCD 2070 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(30t + CD, Album, RE, RM + CD + CD, Comp) Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet BBQCD 2063, BBQCD 2070 UK 2009 Sell This Version
BBQCD 2063 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD + RP, 30t) Beggars Banquet BBQCD 2063 UK 2009 Sell This Version
none Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(10xFile, FLAC, Album, RM, 24b) Beggars Banquet none 2015
BBQLP 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, RE) Beggars Banquet BBQLP 10 UK 2015 Sell This Version
BBQLP 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, RE, RM, Gre) Beggars Banquet BBQLP 10 UK 2015 Sell This Version
none Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(17xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, RM) Beggars Banquet none Europe Unknown
BBL 10 CD Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(CD, Album, RE, RM) Beggars Banquet BBL 10 CD Unknown Sell This Version
BBL 10 CD Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(CD, Album, RE, RM) Beggars Banquet BBL 10 CD US Unknown Sell This Version
BBL 10 CD Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(CD, Album, RE, RM, Nim) Beggars Banquet BBL 10 CD Unknown Sell This Version
BBL 10 CD Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(CD, Album, RE, RM, RP, Son) Beggars Banquet BBL 10 CD UK Unknown Sell This Version
BBL 10 CD Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(CD, Album, RE, RM, Tec) Beggars Banquet BBL 10 CD UK Unknown Sell This Version
4057 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album, Unofficial) 747 4057 Saudi Arabia Unknown Sell This Version
IMD-6593 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album, Unofficial) IMD (2) IMD-6593 Saudi Arabia Unknown Sell This Version
none Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Party (3) none Saudi Arabia Unknown Sell This Version
JJB-6212 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album) Best Fortune Records JJB-6212 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
BEGA 10 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, Dam) Beggars Banquet BEGA 10 UK Unknown Sell This Version
600049 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, M/Print, RE) WEA, Beggars Banquet 600049 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
600049 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, RE) WEA, Beggars Banquet, Atlantic 600049 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
600049 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, RE) WEA, Beggars Banquet 600049 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
SD 38-120 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, RE) ATCO Records SD 38-120 US Unknown Sell This Version
Life 86 Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle(LP, Album, Unofficial) Live Studio 54 Life 86 South Korea Unknown Sell This Version
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daviddgrant

daviddgrant

December 27, 2019
referencing The Pleasure Principle, LP, Album, RE, BBQLP 10

A classic Gary Numan Album and for sure the most commercial and most accessible, with the classic "Pop" Single Cars. The album is let down by a poorer B side, which is why I choose Telekon and Dance before it from that era, but definitely a classic Numan album With huge classic songs such as Metal, films and of course Complex.
meltdog

meltdog

November 28, 2019
edited 6 months ago
referencing The Pleasure Principle, LP, Album, BEGA 10

M.E. What a tune.......haunting sounds that are warm and inviting....Combined with lyrics that paint a dystopian future, You cant go wrong
Threshold81

Threshold81

September 1, 2019
referencing The Pleasure Principle, LP, Album, RE, BBQLP 10

The sound is very good. The clicks on my copy are minimal.
It looks like vinyl is 150 g.
Звук очень хороший. Щелчки на моей копии минимальны.
Похоже на винил 150 грамм.
Spatzo

Spatzo

July 19, 2019
referencing The Pleasure Principle, LP, Album, BEGA 10
I remember like it was yesterday when this album came out. I was 15 and heard it at our local record shop and immediately bought it on cassette. My dad had just installed an aftermarket pioneer head unit, pioneer speakers + a small amp in our new 79 Honda accord. Just blown away at how loud I could crank up this tape. Recently bought a really good condition original lp, and once again I'm blown away with it. The mastering on the original is just fantastic!
dagerman

dagerman

July 3, 2019
referencing The Pleasure Principle, LP, Album, RE, BBQLP 10
Meh. Mine isn't noisy. It just lacks and real weight or thump to the bass notes on the keyboards. Not bad. But a little disappointing.
streetmouse

streetmouse

June 25, 2019
edited 11 months ago
referencing The Pleasure Principle, LP, Album, MO, SD 38-120

I actually had to play this album, which I probably never will do again, before I wrote this review, as aside from the hit single “Cars,” there was not a song on this collection that I could remember.

In essence, the album has not only a frozen feel to it, but seems frozen in time, that being 1979, creating a nearly paranoid atmosphere with its machine-like groundings that refuse to emancipate the music in order to let it soar. Nearly all of the songs venture down the same path with little if any deviations, explorations, excursions or emotional memories, where the melodies are completely evasive and Gary Numan comes off as some sort of sonic computer engineer, rather than a soloing artist or the frontman to an actual band.

Pleasure Principles was an iconic classic for the mere moments it lived, though to my way of thinking, the album was far too confused with its mixed messages, attempting to be both surreal and hedonistic in the same breath (assuming that alien machine people breathe), though no one in the band, least of all Gary Numan seemed rather happy, imaging themselves and their backdrop as grimly menacing and dangerous. Of course Numan rose quickly with his new synth tools, with music that sounded deeply constructed, if not chilled to the bone, a reaction indeed to the boredom of punk, which was becoming merely antics at this stage. Numan’s material bridged the gap between the avant garde and pop music, though those bridges burned quickly, where the power of the avant garde underground was not about to open those doors wide enough to allow any sort of pop culture in. That said, what was laid down here has been extremely influential and is a delight to stumble upon now, though hearing more than a song, for me, becomes taxing and a bit dizzying.

Perhaps Numan and is sound might have made better inroads if it didn’t feel so accident, combing that with the notion that Numan wasn’t able to handle the fame and adulation when he had it, and then was unable to capture that moment again when he wanted it. Regardless, far too many of the songs from this outing sound awkward and shallow, lacking any breathable space, where even after a sold out show, Numan offers listeners nothing to take home with them but a poster, along with a memory that was as tangible as smoke.

*** The Fun Facts: In Freudian psychoanalysis, the ‘pleasure principle’ is the instinctive seeking of pleasure and avoiding of pain to satisfy biological and psychological needs. Specifically, the pleasure principle is the driving force guiding the id, where the id is the disorganized part of the personality structure that contains basic human instinctual drives. Most believe that the id is the only component of one’s personality that is present at birth.

It’s hard to look at this album cover and not instantly be reminded of Led Zeppelin and their 'Object' on the cover of Presence, where perhaps Gary envisioned himself as the little boy in that photo, now all grown up with his own object, though this time, a glowing red pyramid that he claims engages him in conversation.

Review by Jenell Kesler
crowshine

crowshine

June 10, 2019
referencing The Pleasure Principle, LP, Album, BEGA 10
Should this perhaps be merged with r4249016? I thought so.
AZNRGcollectables

AZNRGcollectables

April 10, 2019
referencing The Pleasure Principle, LP, Album, RE, BBQLP 10
Anyone want to comment on the quality of your copy of this? Does it seem like 180 Gram vinyl?
THEVINYLFIEND

THEVINYLFIEND

February 9, 2019
referencing The Pleasure Principle, LP, Album, RE, RM, Gre, BBQLP 10
Does anyone know how many of these orange vinyls were pressed?